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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best War TV series.

The very best war shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest war shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular war TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining war show of all time is. Don't let your favorite war television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of war television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War TV Shows
edward-donner added Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War TV Shows
The Pacific Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more

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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Generation Kill Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen Generation Kill is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War TV Shows
edward-donner added M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War TV Shows
edward-donner added Tour of Duty Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from September 1987 to April 1990 as 58 one-hour episodes. The show was created by Steve Duncan and L. Travis ...more

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Combat! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War TV Shows
talkinghead62 added Combat! Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during ...more

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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Blackadder Goes Forth Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth and final series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 28 September to 2 November 1989 on BBC One. The ...more

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World War 1 in Colour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War TV Shows
World War 1 in Colour World War 1 in Colour is a documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh. The first of its six parts aired on 1 September 2003 in the United Kingdom. It was released on DVD in the United States as ...more

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Parade's End is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Parade's End Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Rupert Everett Parade's End is a five-part BBC/HBO/VRT television serial, which is an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It premiered on BBC Two on 24 August 2012, and ...more

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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the '... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' Linda Hunt, Linda Ellerbee, Samuel West Auschwitz: The Nazis and 'The Final Solution' is a BBC six-episode documentary film series presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards to include ...more

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War and Remembrance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War TV Shows
War and Remembrance Sharon Stone, Jane Seymour, Robert Mitchum War and Remembrance is a 1988 film.

The Best Fantasy TV Shows

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The War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War TV Shows
edward-donner added The War The War is a seven-part American documentary television mini-series about World War II from the perspective of the United States. The program was produced by American filmmakers Ken Burns and ...more

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War TV Shows
edward-donner added Hogan's Heroes Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. ...more

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Liberty!: The American Revolut... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Liberty!: The American Revolution Victor Garber, Donna Murphy, Edward Herrmann Liberty! The American Revolution is a six-hour documentary miniseries about the Revolutionary War, and the instigating factors, that brought about the United States' independence from the ...more

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The Civil War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War TV Shows
edward-donner added The Civil War Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Sam Waterston The Civil War is a documentary film created by Ken Burns about the American Civil War. It was first broadcast on PBS on five consecutive nights from September 23 to 27, 1990. Approximately 40 ...more

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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War TV Shows
jazzpaw added China Beach Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was ...more

The Best Princess Movies

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Legend of the Patriots is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Legend of the Patriots Kim Roi-ha, Lee Deok-hwa, Choi Soo-jong Legend of the Patriots is a remake of the 1975 South Korean drama Comrades. Its production was spawned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The story centers around the lives ...more

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American Experience is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War TV Shows
American Experience David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy American Experience is a television program airing on the Public Broadcasting Service Public television stations in the United States. The program airs documentaries, many of which have won ...more

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Once an Eagle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Once an Eagle Sam Elliott, Glenn Ford, Ralph Bellamy Once An Eagle is a 1976 nine-hour American television mini-series directed by Richard Michaels and E.W. Swackhamer. The picture was written by Peter S. Fischer and based on the 1968 Anton Myrer ...more

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Blood & Iron: The Story of the... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Blood & Iron: The Story of the German War Machine A three part mini-series showing the development of German industrial might throughout the 20th century and how Germany became a central foe of Western powers in the world wars that dominated ...more

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Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Holocaust Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty Holocaust is an American television miniseries broadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBC television network. The series tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the Weiss family ...more

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War TV Shows
War and Peace Anthony Hopkins, Alan Dobie, Morag Hood War and Peace is a television dramatization of the Leo Tolstoy novel of War and Peace. This 20 episode series began on 28 September 1972. The BBC dramatisation of Tolstoy's epic story of love ...more

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Spyforce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Spyforce Jack Thompson^! Peter Sumner^! Redmond Phillips Spyforce was an Australian TV series produced from 1971 to 1973, based upon the adventures of Australian Military Intelligence operatives in the South West Pacific during World War II. It was ...more

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Beau Geste is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Beau Geste Christopher Malcolm, Anthony Calf, John Forgeham Beau Geste is a BBC television serial, based on the novel by P. C. Wren. The series aired in 1982 and starred Benedict Taylor, Anthony Calf and Jonathon Morris as the three brothers.

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Shaka Zulu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Shaka Zulu Christopher Lee, Trevor Howard, Edward Fox Shaka Zulu is a television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, based on Sinclair's novel of the same name. It is ...more

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Cambodia Year Ten is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Cambodia Year Ten Cambodia Year Ten is a 1989 award-winning work of Central Independent Television for the coverage of the Vietnam War.

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Hell in the Pacific is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Hell in the Pacific Hell in the Pacific is a television program. It won a Peabody award in 2001.

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Anne Frank: The Whole Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Anne Frank: The Whole Story Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Lili Taylor Anne Frank: The Whole Story is a two-part mini-series based on the book Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller. The mini-series aired on ABC on May 20 and 21, 2001. The series starred ...more

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World War II The Last Heroes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best War TV Shows
World War II The Last Heroes

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Vietnam: A Television History is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Vietnam: A Television History Will Lyman Vietnam: A Television History is a 13-part American documentary television mini-series about the Vietnam War from the perspective of the United States. It was produced for public television by ...more

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The Last Englishman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best War TV Shows
The Last Englishman The Last Englishman is a film directed by John Henderson released on Feb 9, 1995.

TV Shows That Would Have Been Better As Movies

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The White Horse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best War TV Shows
The White Horse Veronika Izotova, Vladimir Simonov, Gennadi Glagolev The White Horse is a Russian TV serial broadcast in 1993. The film, in 10 episodes, was directed by Gelii Ryabov. It presents the Russian civil war in Siberia from 1917–1920 and the struggle of ...more

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Days of honor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Days of honor Weronika Rosati, Daniel Olbrychski, Danuta Stenka Czas honoru was a Polish World War II television drama series, broadcast on TVP2 since 7 September 2008 to 23 November 2014, on STV Glasgow from 2 June 2014 and STV Edinburgh from 16 January

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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Three Kings Three kings is Czech war series that was aired in 1998. It is loosely based on story of members of resistance organization Obrana národa who were known as Three Kings. This group ...more

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War is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best War TV Shows
War War: A Commentary by Gwynne Dyer is a 1983 Canadian television miniseries filmed by Gwynne Dyer. The miniseries was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada and consists of 8 one-hour ...more

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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best War TV Shows
The Challenge The Challenge is a 1970 made-for-television movie starring Darren McGavin and Mako. Director George McGowan chose to hide his involvement by using the pseudonym Alan Smithee. This was the last ...more

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Mother Flew Away as a Kite is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Mother Flew Away as a Kite Mother Flew Away as a Kite is based on an original story by Akiyuki Nosaka. It is a haunting depiction of the horrors of war, and how a mother and child live everyday in the hope of a peaceful ...more

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Soldiers of Freedom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Soldiers of Freedom Vladlen Davydov, Horst Preusker, Stefan Getsov Soldiers of Freedom is a 1977 film directed by Yuri Ozerov and starring Mikhail Ulyanov, Yevgeny Matveyev, Vasily Lanovoy. Soldiers of Freedom is the World War II historical drama.

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Real Military Videos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Real Military Videos Real Military Videos (RMV) is part of the Real Military Network, a collection of sites focusing on military-themed games and entertainment. RMV features unique historical films and videos that ...more

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Jenny's War is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Jenny's War Elke Sommer, Dyan Cannon, Nigel Hawthorne Jenny's War is a 1985 war television serial set during World War II, made by HTV in association with Columbia Pictures. It is directed by and written by Steve Gethers. The screenplay is based on ...more

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The Great War and the Shaping ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best War TV Shows
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century is a 1996 documentary series that aired on PBS. It chronicles World War I over eight episodes. It was narrated by Dame Judi Dench in the UK and ...more

The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons

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Nine Lives of Nestor Makhno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Nine Lives of Nestor Makhno Nine Lives of Nestor Makhno is a 2005 12-part mini-series which aired on ORT Channel in Russia and RTVi, an international Russian television station which is carried around the world. The movie ...more

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The Great Wall of Iron is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best War TV Shows
The Great Wall of Iron The Great Wall of Iron is a 1989 award-winning work of Beyond International Group. This is a five hour television series in five parts examining the people of China's Liberation Army.

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Taiwan 1895 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Taiwan 1895 Pan Hong Taiwan 1895 is a Chinese television series based on historical events that took place in Taiwan in the late Qing dynasty, such as the 1884–1885 Sino–French War and the Treaty of Shimonoseki. The ...more

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Czterej pancerni i pies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Czterej pancerni i pies Pola Raksa, Janusz Gajos, Franciszek Pieczka Czterej pancerni i pies was a Polish black and white TV series based on the book by Janusz Przymanowski. Made between 1966 and 1970, the series is composed of 21 episodes of 55 minutes each, ...more

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Romance in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Romance in the Rain Zhao Wei, Alec Su, Leo Ku Kui Kei Romance in the Rain was a 2001 Chinese-language costume drama based on producer Chiung Yao's 1964 novel Yan Yu Meng Meng, which follows the Lu family in 1930s Shanghai, China. Starring Zhao Wei, ...more

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2009 A True Story is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best War TV Shows
2009 A True Story '2009 A True Story is a fictional cautionary tale set in an alternate version of America in 2009. It appears on YouTube in 15 segments, all roughly 4-7 minutes each."

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Road No. 1 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Road No. 1 Kim Ha-neul, So Ji-sub, Yoon Kye-sang Road No. 1 is a 2010 South Korean television series, starring So Ji-sub, Kim Ha-neul and Yoon Kye-sang. The story revolves around two young soldiers, the woman they both love, and the Korean war ...more

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Friendly Fire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best War TV Shows
Friendly Fire Ned Beatty Friendly Fire is an American television movie first broadcast on the ABC network on April 22, 1979. Watched that night by an estimated 64 million people, Friendly Fire went on to win four Emmy ...more